Mumbai, March 20: Train services have been resumed on the Central Line as students called off their agitation after nearly 4 hours on Tuesday after railway officials brokered peace. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Kirit Somaiya tweeted that there had been a discussion with Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal who has assured help to the protesters. He added that justice would be meted out to all the apprentices and a separate 20% quota and special exam for apprentice would also be held. He appealed to the Andolan Kartas to withdraw the Rail Roko protest and come for discussion. (Also Read: Rail Roko On Central Line Affects Services, Angry Commuters Tweeting)Also Read - Farmers To Intensify Protest, Major Nationwide Rail Blockade Planned For March 13
Mumbai came to a halt on Tuesday morning after as many as 500 students working as apprentices in different technical workshops of Railways held a Rail Roko protest on the Central Railway line in Mumbai, demanding permanent jobs. The rail traffic between Matunga and CST was restored after some time. Also Read - Rail Roko Protest: Centre Should Not Think Protest Will End in 2 Months, Says Rakesh Tikait
Following are the trains that have been rescheduled on March 20, following protests on Central Line in Mumbai:
10103 CSMT-Madgaon Mandvi Express scheduled at 07:10 hours at 10: 00 hours Also Read - Bihar: Three Coaches of Darbhanga-Kolkata Express Derail Near Railway Crossing
11301 CSMT-KSR Bengaluru Udyan Express scheduled 08:10 hours at 10:15 hours
12534 CSMT-Lucknow Pushpak Express scheduled 08:25 hours at 10:30 hours
11029 CSMT-Kolhapur Koyna Express scheduled 08:40 hours at 10:45 hours
Railway officials said that students had stopped the traffic since 7 in the morning adding that special trains were being initiated for Kurla station in the down direction and railway traffic was diverted from Dadar station in the up direction to facilitate commute. In order to stop the protest, Railway security forces, including the Government Railway Police (GRP) and the Railway Protection Force (RPF), also conducted lathi charge which resulted in few of the students getting injured. However, the situation was brought under control.